NoMa Beer Fest Draws Massive Crowds
First, the good news: The inaugural NoMa Beer Fest attracted more than 5,000 people this past Saturday and thousands enjoyed great local beer, good food and fun music on a delightful August afternoon. Next, the not-so-good news: NoMa Beer Fest attracted more than 5,000 people, and we were caught off guard! Click here to watch a short video capturing the fun at NoMa Beer Fest. The crowds were great, but the lines were longer than we would have liked, and due to such high demand, we conducted a mid-day beer run to purchase more kegs.
We were surprised by the number of people who turned out, given that only a few hundred people bought tickets ahead of time. We will be better prepared to serve DC’s loyal local-beer fans with great brews, food and fun at NoMa Beer Fest next year!
We’d like to thank our sponsors: without the support of Harris Teeter, Union Kitchen, First + M, 77H Apartments, Trilogy NoMa, this event would not have been possible. Thanks to The JBG Companies for providing the site. Special thanks to the hard-working and creative brewers who make the golden libation that was the highlight of this event: DC Brau, Chocolate City Brewing Company, District Chophouse, Capital City Brewing Company, Three Stars Brewing Co., The Brewer’s Art and Right Proper Brewery (opening soon in Shaw).
Didn’t you love the food? Thanks to our food vendors, including Red Hook Lobster Pound and the members of Union Kitchen, including Capital Chicken & Waffles, Altis BBQ, Milk Cult, Thunder Pig Confectionary, DC Patisserie, Rare Sweets, Running Byrd Iced Tea, Capital Kombucha, and Cherry Blossom Creative.
Thanks to our musicians, Mission South, Johnny Artis and DJ Grey Goon; and to partners Washington Area Bicyclist Association, DC Bocce League, Uber, SCRAP-DC, CNU DC Chapter, and Think Local First DC.
If you have feedback or suggestions about this event, please contact: Rachel Davis, Director of Marketing & Events at [email protected] or 202-289-0111 x.3. NoMa Beer Fest was organized by the NoMa Business Improvement District. Please join us at other NoMa BID events at www.NoMaBid.org/Events.
Beer Fest Details
Join seven local brewers at NoMa Beer Fest, a free outdoor festival featuring special all-local beers and food, during DC Beer Week (Aug. 11-18). All-local breweries include DC Brau, Chocolate City Brewing, District Chophouse, Capital City Brewing, Three Stars Brewing, The Brewer’s Art and Right Proper Brewery (opening soon in Shaw). View the full beer selection and food vendors below! Hear music by Mission South, a DC-based Roots Rock/Blues band, DJ Grey Goon, and local R&B favorite Johnny Artis. Bring your A-game for corn hole, bocce, and bear pong (that is not a typo!) coached by your friends at DC Bocce League. For the kiddos, SCRAP-DC and CNU DC Chapter is organizing a chalk mural, face painting, magnet crafts, and sprinklers to beat the heat. Join the Washington Area Bicyclist Association for a Met Branch Trail ride and clean-up Saturday morning, then relax at NoMa Beer Fest. Follow @NoMaBID and #NoMaBeerFest for updates and free giveaways.
Date: Saturday, August 17, 2 pm to 8 pm (Last call 7:30 pm) Rain or Shine Location: Parking Lot at 1250 First Street, NE (at First & N Streets) Metro/Bus: NoMa/Gallaudet U (Red Line), or 90/92 Bus on Florida Avenue Admission: FREE. Purchase your beer tickets online now to bypass lines at the event, but you may also purchase beer tickets at the event: $5 beers and four tasting tickets for $10. Early Bird Specials: Through August 13, get three beers for $13 (Tweet #DCBW2013) Under 21? Children and friendly leashed dogs are welcome. IDs will be checked at the gate. This event is free and open to the public.
Savory: Capital Chicken & Waffles, Red Hook Lobster Pound, and Altis BBQ (Carolina-style BBQ smoked right here in the District). The dynamic duo at Milk Cult will be making brats. Border Springs Farm will be selling lamb sausage, gyros, and Capital Kombucha: Healthy, refreshing and built with subtle flavor, this probiotic strong beverage features organic and seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Snacks, Sweets & Beverages: The Lady Chefs of Thunder Pig Confectionary, DC Patisserie, and Rare Sweets at Union Kitchen have joined forces to bring a collective of sweet and savory snacks, including a lemonade berry shandy with DC brew and, of course, a non-alcoholic lemonade. Running Byrd Iced Tea: Hand-brewed teas defined by the freshest flavors of the season. Milk Cult brings you cold-brewed coffee, innovative ice cream sandwiches, perfect for a hot day. To show your neighborhood pride, you’ll be able to purchase colorful prints including the all-new NoMa neighborhood map by the artistically inclined ladies of Cherry Blossom Creative!
Organized by the NoMa BID. Hosted by The JBG Companies. Sponsored by First + M, Harris Teeter, Union Kitchen, Trilogy NoMa and 77H Apartments. Thanks to our partners Washington Area Bicyclist Association, DC Bocce League, Uber, SCRAP-DC, CNU DC Chapter, DC Brau, District Chophouse, Capitol City Brewing Company, Right Proper Brewing Company (opening soon in Shaw), Chocolate City Beer, Three Stars Brewing Company, The Brewer’s Art (Baltimore) and Think Local First DC. Follow @NoMaBID and #NoMaBeerFest and like us on Facebook. Questions about this event? Contact Rachel Davis, Director of Marketing and Events.